Jameson toasts 60 new jobs
JAMESON Irish whiskey is the fastest-growing drinks brand on the planet with Irish Distillers creating 60 new jobs in Dublin and Cork thanks to a new €100m plant.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny opened the Midleton, Co Cork, distillery, bringing the firm's total employment to 560.
At maximum capacity, the new plant allows Irish Distillers to produce 75 million bottles of whiskey each year and cope with soaring global demand.
Mr Kenny said soaring global sales of Irish whiskey had been critical to helping the Irish food industry record exports of €9bn with sales growth of 8.6pc expected for 2013 alone.
"Exports are what the recovery of the Irish economy will be built around," he said.
Irish Distillers' master distiller Brian Nation said the new €100m plant had the capacity to produce 22 million litres, or 75 million bottles, of Jameson, Powers, Paddy and other brands.
The new plant, the largest development by Irish Distillers since their formation in 1966, will be matched by a €100m maturation facility outside Midleton at Dungourney.
Sales of Jameson have been soaring on world markets for the past decade with total sales of 4.3 million cases last year.
Jameson is now in the world's Top 20 selling drinks brands and has been the fastest growing brand for five years with more than 10pc year-on-year expansion.
This has been helped by celebrity endorsements, most notably by pop star Lady Gaga.